SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (8-8-11)

(COURTESY FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – 11 bank anglers at Blue Creek kept 1 steelhead while 2 boat anglers near the mouth kept 1 adult fall chinook.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 35 spring chinook adults, 31 jacks, 45 mini-jacks, 767 summer-run steelhead, three sea-run cutthroat and one fall chinook adult (the first of the season) during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 12 spring chinook adults and 16 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Lake Scanewa Day Use Park, 13 spring chinook adults and 14 jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 72 spring chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park.  Also during the week they released two sea-run cutthroat into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and one sea-run cutthroat and one summer-run steelhead into the Cowlitz River at the Barrier Dam boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,760 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, August 8. Water visibility is 13 feet.

North Fork Lewis River – 19 bank anglers kept 4 steelhead.

Drano Lake – Effort and catch is beginning to increase.  41 boat anglers kept 18 steelhead and released 20.  Boat counts increased from 25 on Friday morning to 45 on Saturday.

Buoy 10 – Some fall chinook and a few coho are being caught.  Effort remains relatively light.

WA daily creel sampling summaries are available @ http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/buoy10/.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,445 salmonid anglers (including 214 boats) with 23 adult and 5 jack fall chinook, 775 steelhead, and no coho.  448 (58%) of the steelhead were kept.  Most of the fall chinook were kept though a few were “small” jacks or tule adults were released.

"HOOCHIES, SPIN-N-GLOS, SHRIMP AND COON SHRIMP = STEELHEAD," REPORTS CHRIS SPENCER OF LONGVIEW, WHO PLUNKED AT WILLOW GROVE LAST FRIDAY WITH JEREMY BALLARD (ABOVE) AND ANOTHER COWORKER WHO ALSO LANDED A STEELIE. "ABOUT 40 RODS ON THE BEACH AND FOUR FISH CAUGHT ALL DAY NOT. ALL THE FISH WHERE CAUGHT BY GUYS RUNNING A HOOCHIE UNDER THEIR SPIN-N-GLO WITH A SAND SHRIMP OIL SOAKED PIECE OF COTTON STUFFED INSIDE OF IT. A COON SHRIMP ON THE HOOK TOPPED OFF THE COCKTAIL," SAYS SPENCER, WHO LOST A FISH. (CHRIS SPENCER)

Nearly 1,000 salmonid bank anglers and 400 boats were observed on the lower Columbia mainstem last Saturday (Aug. 6).

Bonneville Pool – 42 boat anglers kept 55 steelhead and released 36.  Most of the effort was off Drano Lake and the White Salmon River.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the mouth to the Navigation Marker 82 line – We only sampled 1 angler last week during the current catch-and-release only fishery.

During last Saturday’s effort flight count, sturgeon effort was just a dozen and a half for both boats and bank anglers.

WALLEYE

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Some walleye were kept by boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area.

Ten walleye boats were counted from Camas/Washougal upstream to the gorge during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

TROUT

Last week’s report stated Swift Power Canal was planted with 1,700 rainbows averaging five pounds each and 1,416 averaging 1.5 pounds each on July 18. Actually, those fish were released into Swift Reservoir. 

(COURTESY ODFW FISHERIES BIOLOGIST TANNA TAKATA)

On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 382 salmonid boats and 184 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Tongue Point on Saturday’s (8/6) flight; and 36 salmonid boats fishing Buoy 10.  Anglers fishing in the gorge continue to have good catch rates for steelhead, where boat anglers averaged 1.17 steelhead caught per boat and bank anglers averaged 0.54 steelhead caught per angler.  Fall chinook are beginning to show up in the lower river.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed 25 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 21 steelhead released for 85 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed one fall chinook and nine adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 18 unclipped steelhead and one pink released for 23 boats (63 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed three fall chinook adults, one fall chinook jack and 17 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 27 unclipped steelhead released for 86 boats (186 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 75 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed two fall chinook adults and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one fall chinook and 13 unclipped steelhead released for 64 boats (148 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit): Weekend checking showed no catch for 16 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekly checking showed 32 fall chinook kept, plus nine chinook and three unclipped coho released for 149 boats (399 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:  No report

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